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Stockport County 0-1 West Ham: Craig Dawson scores only goal in FA Cup third-round tie

Stockport County 0-1 West Ham: Craig Dawson scores only goal in FA Cup third-round tie

West Ham moved into the fourth round of the FA Cup as they battled past National League side Stockport County.

With the match played in heavy rain, chances were at a premium before Craig Dawson headed in from Jarrod Bowen’s cross late on for the winning goal.

The Hammers will play at home to League One side Doncaster Rovers in round four over the weekend of 23-24 January.

The winners of that tie will then be away at Manchester United or Liverpool – currently second and first respectively in the Premier League – in the fifth round.

Stockport’s defeat means Chorley of the National League North, who beat a Derby County side that had to use members of their Under-23s because of Covid-19 cases involving the first team, are the only non-league outfit left in the competition.

David Moyes named a strong side and his team dominated possession in the first half but could not break down a resolute home defence.

As a result of the coronavirus restrictions, there were no fans in attendance at Edgeley Park, although there was a brief stoppage early on when a large number of fireworks were let off close to the ground.

However, there was little sparkle on the pitch as the Hammers were largely restricted to long-range efforts, with Andriy Yarmolenko, Benrahma, Michail Antonio and Declan Rice all shooting wide, while Stockport failed to have a shot on target in the opening 45 minutes.

Indeed, Manuel Lanzini’s strike straight at home goalkeeper Ben Hinchliffe in the 33rd minute was the only first-half effort on target – the lowest number in all of this season’s FA Cup third-round matches.

The game was played in torrential rain with the ball repeatedly holding up in the puddles on the pitch after the break.

England midfielder Rice tried to stamp a bit of quality on proceedings with a fine run from the halfway line before he was crowded out by Stockport defenders in the penalty area.

Stockport, fourth in the National League and 86 places below their opponents, were reliant on set-pieces, although the deliveries repeatedly frustrated boss Jim Gannon, who was taking charge of his 501st game over three spells with the Hatters.

As the rain continued to lash down, John Rooney, brother of former England captain Wayne, got into a good position but could only send the ball into West Ham goalkeeper Darren Randolph’s hands.

The breakthrough moment came in the 82nd minute when West Ham played a short corner and Dawson met Bowen’s cross to head the Hammers into round four.

Craig Dawson

Dawson ends long wait for another FA Cup goal – the stats

  • West Ham have progressed from all eight of their FA Cup ties against non-league sides when they were a league side at the time.
  • Stockport County have been eliminated from each of their last four third-round ties in the FA Cup, last progressing in January 2001 against Preston North End.
  • West Ham manager David Moyes has progressed from each of his four FA Cup ties against non-league sides.
  • Stockport have lost their last six FA Cup ties against top-flight opponents, last knocking out a top-flight team back in January 1994 when they beat QPR.
  • West Ham’s Craig Dawson scored his first FA Cup goal since netting for Rochdale versus FC United of Manchester in November 2010, 10 years and 67 days ago.

‘The lads did really well’ – what they said

Stockport manager Jim Gannon, speaking to BT Sport: “The players are disappointed but I think is that not a testimony to how they played?

“West Ham had lots of possession but the lads did really well. They gave a chance of getting a goal and possibly winning the game with the opportunities we had. But it was always a stretch for us but the performance showed we are a cut above this level [National League].

“We were disappointed with a couple of aspects of our game – set-pieces for example – because we thought we had the opportunities to score. We expected them to up the game but I think we contained and managed them quite well. We tried to play them and tried to play our game, so we showed what we were about.

“We are still a team that are growing together, trying to mix my coaching principles and their qualities and I think you saw that tonight.

“The club is going the right way. There is a lot to take out of this tonight. It’s been tough year for everyone this year but we want go one better than last year and go for the play-offs and hopefully promotion.”

What’s next?

West Ham return to Premier League action when they entertain Burnley on Saturday, 16 January (15:00 GMT), while Stockport play at home to Notts County in the second round of the FA Trophy at the same time.

Line-ups

Stockport

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Hinchliffe
  • 2MinihanSubstituted forPalmerat 86′minutes
  • 16Keane
  • 4Hogan
  • 14Kitching
  • 18Croasdale
  • 6Maynard
  • 10JenningsSubstituted forSoutham-Halesat 82′minutes
  • 8RooneySubstituted forHinchyat 86′minutes
  • 11WilliamsSubstituted forThomasat 86′minutes
  • 19ReidSubstituted forBennettat 62′minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Jennings
  • 5Palmer
  • 7Thomas
  • 9Bennett
  • 15Stott
  • 17Southam-Hales
  • 21Barnes
  • 22Gilmour
  • 27Hinchy

West Ham

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 35Randolph
  • 5Coufal
  • 15Dawson
  • 21Ogbonna
  • 31JohnsonSubstituted forCresswellat 73′minutes
  • 16Noble
  • 41Rice
  • 7YarmolenkoSubstituted forBowenat 68′minutes
  • 10LanziniSubstituted forSoucekat 68′minutes
  • 9BenrahmaSubstituted forFornalsat 90′minutes
  • 30AntonioSubstituted forOdubekoat 90′minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Cresswell
  • 14Alves
  • 18Fornals
  • 20Bowen
  • 28Soucek
  • 34Trott
  • 37Holland
  • 45Odubeko
  • 75Baptiste

Referee:
Mike Dean

Match Stats

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Post update

Match ends, Stockport County 0, West Ham United 1.

  • Source: BBC

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